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Waterskiing across the surface of a poem

Apr 29 2020
Right now, I think we’re all looking for ways to either escape or make sense of what’s going on in the world. Poetry can accommodate both impulses (and, perhaps, both impulses are alive simultaneously in the best poems). But I wouldn’t blame anyone if their first instinct when seeking either...

Hoopla is here for you

Apr 24 2020
Last time we met like this, I introduced you to a snapshot of Kanopy, one of the streaming services available to you for free, with your...

The best pandemic books to get you through a real-life pandemic

Apr 17 2020
Whether we were prepared for it or not, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) arrived in Colorado at the beginning of March, and with it stay-at-home notices and self-isolation. And while the news might be terrifyingly real, sometimes it’s nice to escape into fiction to help us handle things outside our...

Kanopy has you covered

Apr 16 2020
Maybe you’re feeling bored, isolated and uncertain these days? Or relaxed, liberated, and enjoying your free time? All of the above? Whatever emotions have taken up residence in your noggin, there’s a movie for that. And you have access to streaming movies anywhere, anytime, with your...

What the world needs now is the weird world of Jenny Slate

Mar 23 2020
When I listened to the audio of Jenny Slate's essay collection,...

The ugly cry

Mar 20 2020
What makes slow, salty tears turn into full-fledged sobbing? Sobbing that is so heavy your eyelids droop and you suddenly cannot breathe out of your nose? For some people, this type of cry comes at the end of every...
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Busting indoor boredom with masking tape

Mar 20 2020
Social distancing might mean you and your family are already bouncing off the walls, and with winter weather moving in, the cabin fever is only going to spike. If you’re looking for a way to burn off some extra energy, look no further than your nearest roll of masking tape. Here are some ideas for ...

Dreaming of 'A Dream of Spring'

Mar 20 2020
I dream of holding it in my hands this summer, lounging by the pool, ignoring my family. I need it. I want it – A Dream of Spring, the planned title of the seventh volume of George R. R. Martin's ...

What to watch before or after "Parasite"

Mar 9 2020
After its historic night at the Oscars, with wins for Best Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, and International Feature, the curiosity and excitement about...

Book review: 'White Bird' by R.J. Palacio

Mar 9 2020
Our Anythink Commerce City children's guide recently asked our staff to read White Bird, written by...

Laugh til you cry: Great books by female comedians

Feb 28 2020
Just this morning, I finished the masterful comedic gem Dear Girls by Ali Wong. It was the perfect traveling book for a...

The Retroactive Academy Awards: Part II

Feb 24 2020
Sometimes, the Academy gets it right.  The triumph of Bong Joon-Ho’s masterpiece, Parasite, at the 92nd Academy Awards was thrilling, gratifying, and – frankly – surprising. The joke about the Oscars is that rarely does the year's best picture win Best Picture. This is why I wrote a blog last year...
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How to read If you want to write

Feb 24 2020
There is a great Stephen King quotes that reads, “If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write.” It’s one of my favorite quotes to haul out when I’m talking to new writers because it contains so much truth: if you are wanting to write a book, then you need to be...

Book review: 'The Silent Patient' by Alex Michaelides

Feb 21 2020
"But why does she not speak?"  Alcestis, Euripides That quote sums up the mystery that is within The Silent Patient by...

Bookstores in books

Feb 21 2020
I like exploring books in bookstores. I also enjoy reading about bookstores in books. Truth be told, fiction about bookstores is especially pleasing to me. Happily, when I’m in the mood to read another novel that centers on a bookstore, it’s easy to find one. Even setting aside mysteries, for no...

Capture this: Photography workshops at Anythink Bennett

Feb 19 2020
Are you into photography? Thought about trying it but haven't jumped in yet? Think your phone takes "the best pictures ever"? Visit us at Anythink Bennett in the coming weeks for all things photography.  In February and...

A Denver Galentine's Day

Feb 11 2020
If you’re a Parks and Rec fan like I am, you know all about Galentine’s Day. The idea is proposed in Episode 16 of...

Famous Oscar snubs

Feb 6 2020
In the grand 91-year long tradition of the Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, there has always been at least one category at which moviegoers and critics are shocked by a lack of nomination. Unfortunately, the final choice is not up to us as an audience, but rather to the the Academy. So...

The Sunday funnies

Feb 4 2020
I don’t have a newspaper subscription. While I can learn about current events and read intriguing editorials online, one thing I really miss is the Sunday funnies. My grandpa retired early and I became his full-time employee at the age of 6. In summer, he paid me a penny per weed to pick...

Book review: 'Bring Me Back' by B.A. Paris

Feb 4 2020
Basically at this point, B.A. Paris is my new favorite author. I've read three of her books and I'm amazed at how masterful she is at telling a story so well that you not only don't see the twist and turns coming, you don't even have time to second guess the plot. As much as I loved...

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